One of the things we were most excited about when we bought our house in Austin was finally, FINALLY, after 15 years of city living with dogs, to have a big ol’ yard for them to play in. And, as an added bonus, it came with a super cute and sturdy dog house. Yippee!
Errr…not so much.
That yard and that dog house, and all the time Pixie spends outside in them, mean that — no matter how vigilant we are with weekly baths and monthly medicine — the fleas that also love to hang out in that yard and that dog house make their way inside our house. It’s just a fact of life if you own a pet that spends a lot of time outside, but they are a major PITA if they set up camp, and it doesn’t have to be that way. (And shouldn’t be, because they carry things like typhus. Ick.)
But, since I’m on a major DIY kick with essential oils and beauty/cleaning products at the moment, I came up with this totally organic flea and linen spray recipe, AND IT WORKS.
Combined with regularly salting & vacuuming your carpets & couch covers, it keeps the fleas away pretty much permanently. I spray it daily on our beds (and Pixie’s), pillows, couches, crate liners, rugs, anything plush. It smells super dreamy and aromatherapy spa-like to us — but it’s a flea’s worst nightmare. Win, win, win!
Once you’ve assembled a pantry of the most common essential oils (an investment of about $30 to $100), this spray costs literally less than $2 and only takes about 2 minutes to make.
DIY ALL-NATURAL FLEA SPRAY RECIPE
- 12 ounces witch hazel or water
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a bottle fitted with a sprayer top. (I like to use an empty glass vinegar bottle with the label soaked off, fitted with a spray bottle top from the dollar store.) Shake vigorously every time before use. Keeps for about six months at room temperature.
If you’re OCD about pretty & practical things like me, affix a label (though I love making chalkboard labels, this new Scotch chalkboard tape is genius and saves a step) and then mark appropriately. If you’re giving this as a housewarming or host/holiday gift, you may want to also tie a little tag around the neck with these instructions!